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SBC Product Knowledge Evening Event – Featured Research Activities & Results

August 22nd SBC Evening Event – Featured Research Activities and Results

Thank you to those who joined Sustainable Buildings Canada for an evening session at Toronto’s beautiful Spoke Club on August 22nd. The evening featured presentations from these expert speakers:

Mike Williams, RWDI – Measuring up to Global Warming & Greg Allen, Rivercourt Engineering – Net Zero Energy vs. Zero Emissions Buildings

Net Zero Energy buildings do not result in zero GHG emissions and zero emissions buildings do not necessarily result in net zero energy. The important objective is to mitigate Climate Change, not save energy. We can’t design zero emissions buildings if we don’t know how to measure GHG impact. The right design solutions will cost less. Whereas net zero energy buildings typically require sufficient PV capacity to equal the annual energy demand, zero emissions buildings rely more on strategies that shift electricity load to periods when sufficient renewable generation is available from the grid.

Bettina Hoar, Sage Living – Building for Human Health & Wellbeing

As our building code drives us to ever more efficient buildings, builders and developers are hoping to find ways of differentiating their product beyond energy efficiency. Health and wellness is the next trillion dollar industry and in this talk, we explore how the concept of building for health is rapidly emerging and worth considering. This talk will use the framework of how building certifications are incorporating human health in order to give an overview of some of the ways buildings can benefit human health and well being.

Dave Petersen, Outside in Design + Build & Miyoko Oikawa, SBCResidential High Performance Construction & Design Strategies

This presentation will provide guidance for builders and designers of residential (Part 9) buildings on construction and design strategies aligning with high performance envelopes (30-50% better than 2012 OBC SB12). The research focuses on how to align current construction practices and costs with opportunities to build a better insulated, more durable envelope system utilizing outboard insulation strategies.

Natalia Ortiz Moreno

Natalia Ortiz, student of Project Management Environmental (PME) program in Seneca Polytechnic, has an Environmental Engineering background completed at Universidad El Bosque in Colombia. She has always been involved in sustainability roles and projects that included Environmental Management Systems implementation, Water Treatment Systems’ design and operation, Hazardous and Conventional Waste management and minimization practices, as well as Ecosystem’s Conservation and Energy
Efficiency programs.

For the PME – Applied Project Management Course, Natalia developed a Green Roof Assessment Tool for Seneca Polytechnic’s Office of Sustainability, with the aim to provide green roof technology recommendations best suited to a particular scenario, taking into consideration multiple aspects of green roofs and buildings; infrastructure, design, materials, environmental factors, and costs, as well as the Toronto Municipal Code – Green Roof bylaw. Natalia also has a scientific journal publication as the main author of the project “Selection and sizing of industrial wastewater treatment units required at the
new maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) aircraft facility owned by Avianca S.A. in Rionegro Antioquia” in the El Bosque University Journal of Technology.

Natalia strongly believes there are several research topics left to be developed, and the importance of
working towards Sustainability from different backgrounds, knowledge, and cultures to build strong, productive, and resilient communities.
With the vision of growing cities and infrastructure along with nature, always preserving and respecting the ecosystems’ attributes and services, Natalia would like to keep researching and acquiring more experience in Sustainability roles.



Emily Smit

Emily is a second-year PhD student in Geography at the University of Toronto, and a co-operator of a small home renovation company, Magnus Home Improvements. Her research seeks to determine how single-family homes can quickly and best be retrofit to achieve Toronto’s emissions reductions targets – including net-zero by 2040 – as part of the TransformTO climate action plan. Specifically, she will assess the impact of municipal home energy reporting and disclosure programs, as well as produce recommendations for growing the retrofit labour force in ways that attend to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Further, her research seeks to understand how home retrofit activities can be regenerative and produce net-positive impacts for humans and the environment towards transformative, place-based sustainability. When not at her computer, Emily can be found cycling with her kids to and from school or making funky sounds on her analog synthesizer.

Bofa Udisi

Bofa is a sustainability professional with over seven years in the energy and environment industry. He has a Bachelor of Science in Energy and Petroleum Studies from Novena University in Nigeria and graduate certificates in Energy Management and Environmental Project Management from Seneca College in Toronto. In 2020, he graduated from the University of Waterloo with a Master of Environment and Business degree. He is currently a Ph.D. Candidate in the Building Science program at Toronto Metropolitan University, researching whole-life carbon reduction in new construction and building renovations.

Bofa‘s work experience is primarily in the built environment, working in the private and public sectors in roles that involve structural and environmental assessment of building structures, HVAC engineering design and sales, and facilities management. Bofa is a member of several industry associations, such as the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE), the American Society for Heating Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), and the Project Management Institute (PMI). SBC’s bursary will go a long way in supporting Bofa‘s research and his desire to learn.